In Murmansk Region, Searches and Arrests of Presumed Jehovah’s Witnesses

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

On 18 April 2018 in Polyarnyy, three searches were conducted in the homes of local residents. Sixteen people were interrogated, and two are assumed to have been arrested.

Case of Markin and Trofimov in Polyarny

Murmansk Region
Case number:
Number of the case in court:
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he together with others conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Murmansk Region
Case initiated:
12 April 2018

Persons in the case


Ноябрь 2017

В квартирах жителей Полярного, которых ФСБ считает Свидетелями Иеговы, устанавливаются скрытые видеокамеры. Слежку по запросу ФСБ санкционирует Северный флотский военный суд.


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